Senong tables Amajita defence

SA National Teams

Amajita coach Thabo Senong has defended their second FIFA U20 World Cup defeat while also reflecting on their chances of progressing through the group stage.

South Africa were dealt a massive blow when they lost 1-0 to South Korea in their second Group F encounter, despite a promising start at the Miejski Tychach Stadium in Tychy on Tuesday night.

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Amajita now find themselves bottom of the group with zero points, trailing Portugal and Korea by three points, while Argentina top the group with six points.

“Tough luck to the boys, I believe we had a very good first half. The only wrong thing was not to convert our chances,” reflected Senong after the match.

“Korea got one set play, and in the second phase we lost concentration and they scored a goal, and after that they closed and reinforced their defence with numbers.

“That is the name of the game, if you don’t take your chances you get punished, and I can only say congratulations to Korea and tough luck to our boys.”

The SA boys’ chances of progressing are now hanging by a thread, needing a convincing victory in their final fixture against Portugal scheduled for Friday evening, while also needing the Albiceleste to inflict defeat upon The Red Devils.

“It’s very difficult because obviously now we’ve dropped points and we’re probably in the bottom of the group,” said Senong, before defending their developmental processes.

“But we are developing these players. It’s important to make sure that we approach every game differently, professionally, with the aim of winning.

“Our plan was to win the first two games, but it was difficult. We played against strong opposition – Korea were very physical and very tactically disciplined.

“We don’t really want to count what’s happening in the other groups, our focus is just to focus on the last match of the group against Portugal and try give a better performance to get a better result. We know it won’t be easy, but we’ll see how it goes.”